Courses in Music

 

MUSI 100: Musical Arts in the Information Age (3)
Prerequisite: Freshman status or permission of instructor
An introductory course that enhances the student's ability to focus on music as a part of contemporary culture. Music is examined with the intent to create for the student a way to cope with the myriad musical styles available in everyday life.

MUSI 103: Beginning Class Recorder (1)
Open to students without prior music experience. Development of general musicianship through the study of elementary recorder literature; skills in sight reading, improvisation, harmonization, interpretation, and basic recorder technique.

MUSI 106/306: Recorder Ensemble (1)
Prerequisite: Audition
An early to contemporary wind ensemble. Open to all college students with previous recorder or other woodwind experience. Two to three hours of lecture/rehearsal each week. May be repeated for credit.

MUSI 114/314: Concert Band (2)
The concert band is open to all College students with previous instrumental experience. Three to five hours of lecture/rehearsal each week. Open to students with prior instrumental experience. May be repeated for credit.

MUSI 115/315: Concert Choir (2)
The concert choir is open to all College students. Three to five hours of lecture/rehearsal each week. May be repeated for credit.

MUSI 116: Beginning Class Piano (1)
Open to students without prior keyboard experience. Development of general musicianship through the study of elementary keyboard literature. Skills in sight reading, improvisation, transposition, harmonization, interpretation, and basic piano technique.

MUSI 117: Beginning Class Voice (1)
Open to students without prior vocal training. Development of general musicianship through the study of elementary vocal literature, skills in sight singing, interpretation, and basic vocal techniques.

MUSI 118: Beginning Class Guitar (1)
Open to students without prior guitar experience. Development of general musicianship through the study of elementary guitar literature, skills in sight reading, improvisation, transposition, harmonization, interpretation, and basic guitar technique.

MUSI 119: Applied Music: Piano, Organ, Voice, Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Percussion (1)
Prerequisite: Audition
One 30-minute private lesson per week for one credit per semester. Music is determined by the instructor according to the level and ability of the student. Prior performing experience and an audition are required before registration. May be repeated for credit.

MUSI 120: Introduction to Music Reading (3)
A beginning-level course that enhances the student's ability to read, analyze, and perform music. In-class performance is emphasized.

MUSI 123:Marching Highland Cavaliers (1)
The Marching Highland Cavaliers perform at all home football games, local band competitions and parades. One to three hours of rehearsal/performance each week. Open to students with prior instrumental experience. May be repeated for credit.

MUSI 124: Highland Cavalier Pep Band (1)
The Pep Band performs exclusively for college athletic events (football, basketball) throughout the semester. One to three hours of rehearsal/performance each week. Open to students with prior instrumental experience. May be repeated for credit.

MUSI 126 : Intermediate Class Piano (1)
Prerequisite: MUSI 116
Continuation of Beginning Class Piano. For general education students and music minors. Keyboard experience in reading and playing music of intermediate level, such as the Bach inventions, classical sonatinas, and easier Romantic literature. May be repeated for credit.

MUSI 127 : Ear Training and Sight Singing I (1)
Development of aural skills through exercises in sight singing, rhythmic reading and music dictation.

MUSI 150 : First Year Theory (3)
The purpose of First Year Theory is to expose students to the diatonic materials of music, and the fundamentals of harmony and voice leading.

MUSI 231/331: Jazz and Related Styles (3)
A survey of the various styles of jazz literature including ragtime, blues, New Orleans Dixieland, Chicago Dixieland, swing, bebop, cool, avantgarde, fusion, and neo-classical jazz. Students seeking upper-level credit for this course will complete a research project in addition to the assignments for MUSI 231.

MUSI 232/332: American Music Theatre (3)
A survey of music theatre in the United States from the Colonial period to the present with an emphasis on the development of the musical from Show Boat to the contemporary musical. Students seeking upper-level credit for this course must complete a research project in addition to the assignments for MUSI 232.

MUSI 233: Music Appreciation (3)
A study of the materials of music as a means of developing listening skills. Emphasis on perception and understanding of a variety of musical styles.

MUSI 234/334: Music in the United States (3)
The study of American music from the Colonial period to the present. Included are a study of "popular" music, music theatre including opera, African-American music, music in the European tradition, electronic music and other genres. Students seeking upper-level credit for this course will complete a research project in addition to assignments for MUSI 234.

MUSI 235/335: History of Opera (3)
Introduction to opera as musical theatre. The study of opera structures, types of voices, and representative examples from the operas of Monteverdi to minimalist opera. Students seeking upper-level credit for this course will complete a research project in addition to assignments for MUSI 235.

MUSI 236/336: 20th Century Music (3)
Introduction to the major developments in 20th century music from the Impressionism of Debussy to the contemporary music of Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Students seeking upper-level credit for this course will complete a research project in addition to the assignments for MUSI 236.

MUSI 237/337: The Movie Musical (3)
A survey of the Hollywood film musical from 1930 to the present with an emphasis on the film score (overture, songs, dances, underscoring, etc.). This course is writing intensive. Students seeking upper-level credit for this course will complete a research project in addition to the assignments for MUSI 237.

MUSI 238/338: The History of Popular Music (3)
Survey of the history and development of popular music in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century minstrel show to present day forms.

MUSI 260 : Elementary Music Education (3)
Prerequisite: Ability to read music, or permission of instructor
Introduces methods and materials for teaching basic musical concepts in the elementary classroom. Music activities suitable for children in grades K-6, singing, movement, listening, and instrumental activities appropriate to child growth and development.

MUSI 324: Jazz Band (1)
A jazz ensemble open to all students with previous instrumental jazz experience. One to three hours of lecture/rehearsal each week. Open to students with prior instrumental experience. May be repeated for credit.

MUSI 325: Chamber Singers (1)
Prerequisite: MUSI 115 or MUSI 315 or permission of instructor
The Chamber Choir is a select group of singers with considerable choral experience at the college level. Students must pass a vocal audition before acceptance. Two to three hours of lecture/rehearsal each week. May be repeated for credit.

MUSI 495, 496: Special Topics in Music (1-3, 1-3)

MUSI 497: Independent Study (1-3)